Saturday, May 30, 2009

Superjam 2009

Superjam 2009
Sunday June 7th - 1:00-9:00PM
Creekside Grove
William and Union - Cheektowaga, NY

Rain or Shine - No Carry Ins

$15.00 Per Person
$12.00 Blues Society Members

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Blues Society of WNY annual fundraiser. Sunday June 7th, 1-9PM at Creekside Grove, William & Union Sts., Cheektowaga. $12 and $15. Rod Nickson Project, Barbara St. Clair, Mark Winsick, Beautiful Bones, Dr. Z, Harmonica Dean & Jukebox Scales, Patty Parks Band, Flyin Blind, Shaky Ray, Speedy Parker, Tas Cru, and more. Rain or Shine, inside if inclement weather. Food and alcoholic beverages available. Come enjoy a day of music featuring some of WNY’s best blues artists.

Alternative Brews June 2009 Calendar

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Buffalo Musicians Host 25 Hour Food Bank Event

On June 22, 2009 at 12 noon at the steps of City Hall, Niagara Square, Buffalo musicians are tackling hunger issues on a grassroots level by providing a 25 hour FREE concert titled: Tunes4food. This event, that runs 25 hours straight, is in direct support of The Food Bank of Western New York.

Everyone faces tough challenges today, yet there is hope with the formation of a growing alliance hosted by student graduates of ‘Music in Action’ (an educational program sponsored by the local nonprofit, Music is Art), mentored by members of the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame, and Bob James, Director of Student Voices (a state-certified student leadership trainer).

ANYONE can join the “alliance” to support the event. All you need to do is promise to help spread the word and bring food to get your organization’s link on the website.

"A main message in Music in Action’s training is – ‘If you want to distinguish yourself from the crowd, just do what you say you will do. Keep the promises you make’", said James. "President Obama addressed the nation in the same manner speaking of grassroots community based service projects." Bob James, veteran of local groups such as The Restless, The Rain, Third Floor Strangers, Big Happy Family, and Ministers of Love, has used music to reach people in creative ways. His past projects include: This Is It – Greater Buffalo's Greatest 1977-1984 compilation Cd's, War Is Over – musicians united for safe schools, Buffalo Classic Rock CD benefit for Music is Art, and Music In Action - a school based business curriculum co-authored with Robby Takac (Goo Goo Dolls & Music is Art).

Bob James went on to say that several Music In Action students have stayed connected to us since graduation, wanting more support and direction – like continuing education. “Students get inspired by our training module on ‘music activism’ and when I saw a recent news story on how the Food Bank is getting more calls these days, it all just clicked – ‘tunes4food’”, James continued. “And since I have been helping the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame develop an after-school program, their participation seemed a natural fit, knowing that veteran musicians would add decades of career skills and wisdom about activism – going back to the 1960’s.”

“We are overwhelmed by this generous offer to create a 25-hour awareness of hunger in our community through a live continuous music concert." said Marylou Borowiak, President and CEO of the Food Bank of WNY. "We hope people from throughout Western New York will come downtown during that time to enjoy some wonderful music while helping a great cause of feeding our hungry neighbors, especially the children and seniors. There will be a Food Bank truck on site throughout the 25 hours."

"The Buffalo Music Hall of Fame is happy to be involved in such a wonderful event that will bring awareness and food for people in need. This concert will feature Inductees and Veterans of The Hall of Fame and is a great use of music as the social vehicle that will bring the community together.", said Anthony Casuccio, Vice President, The Buffalo Music Hall Of Fame.

Tunes4food is an historic event where everyone can help regardless of financial status or time constraints. It is 25 hours straight beginning on Monday, June 22 at 12 noon continuous through the night until Tuesday, June 23rd at 1pm. This is a chance to give back, to help create positive change, and to model a direct plan of action for other communities and the world. In Western New York, we are most certainly the City of Good Neighbors. Distinguish yourself from the crowd. Make a difference.

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Book Signing at Burchfield Penny Art Center

Book Signing with Janz Castelo, Cristen Gregory, Ron Martin, Catherine Parker and Jeffrey Porter

Burchfield Penney Art Center
1300 Elmwood Avenue,
Buffalo, NY 14222

Sunday, June 7th at 3:00 PM

“Always a Rose”

A book with CD documenting the collaboration of Roland Martin and Catherine Parker
The poetry of Pablo Neruda, Music by Roland Martin and Paintings by Catherine Parker
A song cycle for Soprano, Tenor, Viola and Piano

We’ll all be there to sign books, Janz Castelo, Cristen Gregory, Ron Martin, Catherine Parker and Jeffrey Porter. If you have already purchased one, you could come by and say “HI” and pick up your copy. If you haven’t, we hope that you will, of course.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Book Celebrating Buffalo’s Pro Basketball Franchise set for Release

Buffalo, New, May 19, 2009 – Buffalo, Home of the Braves, a book detailing the history of Western New York’s National Basketball Association franchise, is scheduled for release on Saturday, May 30, 2009.

A book release event will be held in Buffalo that day. From 11 AM - 1 PM on May 30, author Tim Wendel will be available for the signing of books at the Community Room of New Era Cap Company. New Era is located at 160 Delaware Avenue in downtown Buffalo.

Buffalo, Home of the Braves follows the Buffalo Brave's meteoric rise and fall as a National Basketball Association franchise that played in Buffalo from 1970-78. The 216-page, coffee-table style book will be available in a limited edition of 1,500 copies, and retail for $89
The book is available online from SunBear Press. In addition it will available at the May 30th New Era event, and the University of Buffalo Bookstore. The book includes 250 vintage color and black-and-white photos by former Braves’ and Buffalo Bill’s photographer Robert Smith, along with interviews with several key players, coach Dr. Jack Ramsay, team owner Paul Snyder and team play-by-play announcer Van Miller.

The Buffalo Braves made history with their up-tempo style of play, three NBA Rookies of the Year, and consecutive scoring titles by a young and emerging star, Bob McAdoo. The team's identity is closely tied to Randy Smith, a seventh-round draft pick from Buffalo State, who turned a courtesy training camp invitation into an iron man career.

Each chapter chronicles one of the Braves' seasons playing in the wild and crazy NBA of the 1970s. Author Tim Wendel narrates the on and off court drama, while offering plenty of "what if" scenarios for the Braves' prospects in a league that was on the brink of greatness.
The opinion of that time is offered by legendary sports writer Phil Ranallo, with selected excerpts of his “What’s New, Harry” column that was a morning staple of The Buffalo Courier Express newspaper.

Nationally known writer and Buffalo native Erik Brady calls Buffalo Home of the Braves, “a seamless narrative, chock-a-block with time-capsule photos and bull’s-eye insights, all framed by selected ’70s columns from Phil Ranallo, smooth as a two-for-McAdoo jumper.”

The Author: Tim Wendel is an award-winning novelist and journalist, who was raised in Lockport, N.Y. His books include the novels Castro’s Curveball and Red Rain, as well as such nonfiction sports titles as The New Face of Baseball and Far From Home.

For additional information on “Buffalo, Home of the Braves”, contact Chris Wendel at 231.392.2942, or visit


Music Fans Can Vote For Their Favorite Now Through June 16th

Buffalo, N.Y. (May 21, 2009) - Last year, less than two dozen artists entered the Kingdom Bound Talent Search. This year, thanks to the power of Facebook and Twitter, online social-networking sites, there are 49 entries from all over the world. Kingdom Bound, known for its popular, annual Christian music festival at Darien Lake Theme Park, between Buffalo and Rochester, has run a talent search for years, but recently the search has gone from "send us your tapes/CDs" to "post your MP3 online" for judging. The deadline for entries was May 15. Entries came in from a wide variety of artists who cover musical styles from pop to rock, R&B to hip-hop, and country to blues. Most entries came from singers or bands in New York and Ontario, while Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, New Jersey, Illinois, Michigan, Tennessee, Texas, California, and even Australia were represented.

Now through June 16, music fans can hear the talent search entries online by visiting, where they can also vote for their favorite. For security measures, they will be asked for their birthdate and email address. The music will be judged both online and by industry experts, with the first place winner receiving a performance slot at Kingdom Bound and second and third place winners receiving complimentary tickets to the festival. The first place winner of Kingdom Bound's Talent Search will then go on to the national competition with the potential to win a development deal from Word Label Group, which includes Fervent Records, Myrrh Records and Word Records.

Kingdom Bound Ministries presents "the Gospel through the Arts" at various concerts and events throughout the year in Upstate New York and Southern Ontario. This August 2-5, Kingdom Bound Christian music festival takes place at Darien Lake Theme Park in Darien Center, New York, attracting upwards of 55,000 attenders from all over the United States and Canada. The festival, now in its 23rd year, features over 50 concerts and seminars over a four-day period, with headliners like Casting Crowns, Israel Houghton and Newsboys. For more information, call 800-461-4485 or visit

TechNoir Presents: A Showcase of WBNY Djs

Friday May 29, 2009 at 10:00pm

Club Diablo
517 Washington Street
Buffalo, New York 14203

TechNoir is proud to host a showcase of local electronic djs that have been involved with Buffalo State's radio station, WBNY 91.3 FM.

Our 3 guest djs for the night are:

**Aaron Andrews (former WBNY dj, Wed. nights on the Your Noizecki Show from 6-9pm)

--Besides DJing for WBNY, Aaron has also DJed Retro Thursdays nights at The Continental, at Club Vertex in Rochester and has also DJed for TechNoir events in the past.

**DJ Soma (former WBNY dj, Fri. nights on The Space Time Trip Show from 10-12 )

--Soma has also guested for TechNoir in the past, as well as having DJed all over the city at places like Off The Wall, art galleries & Club Diablo

**DJ Sexy Steven (current WBNY dj, Wed. nights on the Sexy Steven Show from 6-9pm)

-- This is Steven's first year at WBNY. He has also DJed at Club Diablo and Cozumel.

This DJ night will cover a broad range of electronic music genres.
You will everything, including Trance, House, Electro, Industrial, EBM, Drum and Bass, Noize, Dub Step and others

$3 cover at the door, 18+ event


Saturday, May 09, 2009


Thanks to everyone who came out to see us over the last two years. The Wunderland Reunion of the 1992-1993 band has run it's course and is now over. All future shows are cancelled. Our apologies to Rhino's, Mickey Rats and Canal Fest.

All the best...

Wunderland MkIV
Ric, Michael, Dan, Garrett

Greetings from Music Niagara!

Many of you will already be aware of our name change, from the Niagara International Chamber Music Festival to our new moniker, Music Niagara, but we're writing to let you in on our other big news: Niagara -on-the-Lake's gem of a music festival, now in its 11th season, is not only bringing you bringing you 35 fabulous concerts in stunning venues for its 2009 season July 20-August 15, you can now access our full program, featuring over 80 internationally renowned performers from the worlds of jazz, opera, choral, cabaret and classical music, on our exciting new website!

Get information on your favourite musicians, check out our amazing concert schedule, subscribe to our new e-newsletter QuarterNotes, order tickets online, and more, it's easy! Just visit

A summer of outstanding music in standout settings awaits you, we look forward to seeing you soon!

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